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Plodding and repetitive - I like it! - 87%

DustyFox, April 10th, 2008

Aldebaran is one of those bands which are, for some reason, very much unknown yet release music which is undeniably awesome in every sense of the word. Their first full-length album, Dwellers in Twilight, follows the trend that Aldebaran has of releasing very consistent, impressive and oppressive doom metal.

This album contains three tracks, clocking in at a little over 43 minutes total, of very heavy, very dark and very slow doom metal. Shades of funeral doom abound here, with the band relying heavily on instrument-orchestrated atmospheres and plodding pace that crush the life out of the listener. Repetition is an integral part of Aldebaran's approach on this album, with many riffs and patterns repeated for minutes at a time. But it isn't boring at all, and this is where the entire atmospheric aspect of the album shines - no matter how long a song goes on for, when it
ends you just wish it would have just an extra five minutes more so you can immerse yourself in it for just a bit longer and dig deeper into the amazing ideas and nuances that abound. And the clarity of the production is a surprise - Aldebaran seems take the "clean" route here, not saturating everything in reverb or anything like that. Interestingly enough, the production job is a bonus, as by conveying all of their ideas across with the utmost clarity the music sounds just that little bit more menacing and not a note or word uttered is lost upon the listener.

The vocalist is superb. There are two vocal approaches here, both of which are used very effectively. Firstly, we have the death growl approach, which features prominently and usually appears when the music is at its slowest. While they're very easy to understand, they add more to the music than just a way by which the band can convey their lyrics across to the reader - they're an instrument in their own right, and they ooze hopelessness and fury at the same time. The second approach, which is reserved mainly for when the band breaks into a relatively faster or more powerful section, is a high sort of hardcore scream that many of these sludge/doom bands are well known for. Both are used immaculately, and even when they're used together with one running over the other it sounds menacing, unlike other bands which use such an approach (such as, say, Deicide). The lyrics are heavily influenced by literature and Lovecraft (just listen to the clip at the start of "Pillars of Geph"), and are just as dark, delightful and multi-faceted as the music itself.

As an unimportant but interesting side-note, the album art is excellent too. Especially the image on the back which also holds the track listing. It is a pretty neat synopsis of the music that this album holds.

But anyway, I'll sum things up now. This release is a wonderful and worthy addition to the realm of doom metal, and if you have any interest in the genre whatsoever, this album is highly recommended. You won't be disappointed in the slightest.